How Deal Poker
You have contacted all your friends to come over for a night of cards, the snacks are ready, the poker chips are handed out, and now all you have to do is figure out how to deal for poker. There are various ways to deal, but if you do it incorrectly, the hand will be cancelled and have to be dealt again. Learning how to deal poker is important so you can avoid slowing down the game and frustrating your fellow card-playing friends.
To deal poker, you will need
- Deck of playing cards
- Playing surface such as a poker table
- Shuffle the deck of playing cards. Shuffling the deck involves mixing the cards together. Do not get fancy with this. The simplest way is to hold half of the deck loosely in your one hand and hold the other half of the deck in your other hand, lightly lowering them facing the same direction until the cards mix together. Do this several times.
- Cut the deck. Cutting the deck is not always required, but you should offer your opponent the opportunity when you are learning how to deal poker. Place the deck in front of the player to your right. He will take approximately half the deck from the top of the pile and place it next to the pile. Take the other half and place it on top of the half he placed on the table.
- Deal cards from the top of the deck. When learning how to deal poker, do not deal from the bottom of the deck. Some people may feel that this is cheating. This is especially true if you would deal some cards from the top of the deck and other cards from the bottom of the deck. If your opponents permit dealing from the bottom of the deck, the key when learning how to deal poker is to be consistent then, and deal them all from the bottom of the deck.
- Deal each player the required number of cards. Make sure you know how many cards each player should receive when learning how to deal poker. Start with the player to the left of you and deal one card at a time to each player in a circular clockwise pattern around the table. Continue dealing, starting with the first player, until each player has the required number of cards.
- Set up the table for the play of the poker hand. When learning how to deal poker, it's important to deal any required face up cards on the table at the proper time. This depends on the type of poker you are playing. As an example, in Texas Holdem, you will flip up three cards after the first round of better, and then one card after each of the next two rounds of betting. In 7 card stud, you do not flip any cards face up after dealing.
Do not allow a card that is not supposed to be dealt face up to be seen by the other players. If a card that is supposed to be dealt face down is dealt face up, you must re-deal the entire hand.